Posts Tagged ‘Alzheimer’s’

Support the National Alzheimer’s Project Act in Congress

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Legislation to create the National Alzheimer’s Project Act is quietly working its way through Congress.  By 2050 – just 40 years from now — nearly 16 million Americans will be afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease.  Surprisingly, there is not yet a national plan to deal with this looming crisis, although one has been proposed on Capitol Hill.  The National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) would establish an inter-agency advisory council to address the government’s efforts on Alzheimer’s research, care, institutional services, and home- and community-based programs.  S.B. 3036 and H.R. 4689 would create a government agency to exclusively deal with Alzheimer’s issues.

Co-sponsored by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Birch Bayh (D-IN), Susan Collins (R-ME), Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Jon Tester (D-MT), the proposal would create a special office within the White House to coordinate research, clinical care and services with the goal of preventing, caring for and curing Alzheimer’s Disease.

“Alzheimer’s takes a tremendous emotional and financial toll on over 75,000 Coloradans and their families,” according to Bennet.  “Yet our nation’s healthcare system is not set up to appropriately coordinate and share the research we’re doing to prevent, cure and care for our patients.  This bill will streamline the country’s research efforts so that we can better find ways to combat this disease while also making much better use of our taxpayer dollars.”

Approximately half of Americans who live to 85 will suffer from Alzheimer’s.  Once the legislation is passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate, the Office of the National Alzheimer’s director would be named to the Domestic Policy Council and the Office of Science and Technology.  This director would have input into all policy aspects of the disease, as well as focus on high-risk groups and those underserved by existing Alzheimer’s programs.

Industry Mourns Passing of Bill Alter

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Bill Alter, founder of The Alter Group, passed away peacefully Friday, August 8, in his Winnetka, IL, home of complications from Alzheimer’s at age 78.  Named one of the most influential people of the 20th century by National Real Estate Investor magazine, Alter presided over the development of more than $1 billion of space over a half century.

Alter’s Realty Company of America began building homes for post-war, first-time buyers.  In 1959, Alter developed the first residential community for middle-income minority buyers, Kingston Green in Markham, IL.  With Olympian Jesse Owens as his national spokesman, Alter brought the dream of home ownership to hundreds of families.

Dubbed the “sky broker”, Alter was known throughout his native Chicago for using a twin-engine plane to scout land sites.  His son, Michael, who succeeded his father as president in 1995, said “his was a uniquely American story.”

Over the decades, The Alter Group developed millions of square feet of speculative office, industrial, research-and-development, and healthcare space in a variety of business parks.  A recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Urban Land Institute, Bill helped create the now widely copied concept of the professional planned industrial park.

Bill is survived by his wife, Evelyn.  He was the father of Michael, Harvey, Jennie, Jonathan, and the late Rhonda Alter.  Additionally, he had two step-children, Nicky Bliwas and Tony Winski, as well as 13 grandchildren.